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    Is it generally cheaper to build or buy I am referring to a non gaming pac without a dedicated graphics card, thanks.
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    probably still build in most instances, you have to remember that for just a bog standard office computer the buyer probably doesn't actually realise just how much waht they're buying is going to be worth.
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    (Original post by Guy Secretan)
    Is it generally cheaper to build or buy I am referring to a non gaming pac without a dedicated graphics card, thanks.
    It depends, but nine times out of ten it's cheaper to build the computer yourself. If you're going barebones then there may be pre-built systems out there that are only marginally more expensive, but simply put you'll pay less for parts than you would do for a pre-built computer with the same parts plus the labour costs of assembling it.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    It depends, but nine times out of ten it's cheaper to build the computer yourself. If you're going barebones then there may be pre-built systems out there that are only marginally more expensive, but simply put you'll pay less for parts than you would do for a pre-built computer with the same parts plus the labour costs of assembling it.
    And better warranties
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    Depends on the budget
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    (Original post by Guy Secretan)
    Is it generally cheaper to build or buy I am referring to a non gaming pac without a dedicated graphics card, thanks.
    Depends on whats on offer for the pre-built stuff to be honest. Get some decent stuff from Zoostorm here and there
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    Yeah they buy in bulk so they pay a lot less for things especially software. However they probably use cheap power supply units etc, this one is pretty cheap

    http://www.ebuyer.com/669605-yoyotec...p-pc-eb1014eb2
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    (Original post by Guy Secretan)
    Yeah they buy in bulk so they pay a lot less for things especially software. However they probably use cheap power supply units etc, this one is pretty cheap

    http://www.ebuyer.com/669605-yoyotec...p-pc-eb1014eb2
    Thats yoyotech, was a specialist tech shop in tottenham court road, till it got new owners or something and went online.

    Its expected at that price to be honest.....though because of their usage, the psu's are fine.

    You missed out on this :/ http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/leno...shback-2110454

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CA...p_1660041.html
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    (Original post by Guy Secretan)
    Is it generally cheaper to build or buy I am referring to a non gaming pac without a dedicated graphics card, thanks.
    Depends. In terms of the actual raw cost then building is still mainly cheaper. However, you also have to bear in mind the benefit of having a warranty from a PC manufacturer which, if you're not totally tech savvy, could be quite a substantial benefit.
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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
    Depends. In terms of the actual raw cost then building is still mainly cheaper. However, you also have to bear in mind the benefit of having a warranty from a PC manufacturer which, if you're not totally tech savvy, could be quite a substantial benefit.
    Except the warranty from a manufacturer will probably be no longer than the length for the shortest part. What are you likely to get? At most 3 years? Most of my stuff has at least 7, not sure about the CPU, 3 on the GPU. i.e., better to DIY because I get the extra 4 years on the PSU and I think "lifetime", or as good as, on the storage.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Except the warranty from a manufacturer will probably be no longer than the length for the shortest part. What are you likely to get? At most 3 years? Most of my stuff has at least 7, not sure about the CPU, 3 on the GPU. i.e., better to DIY because I get the extra 4 years on the PSU and I think "lifetime", or as good as, on the storage.
    This is all great if you have the know-how to sort all of that stuff out. For an average user, it would be much more convenient (and they're less likely to screw up) to be able to simply let the manufacturer deal with it. And of course the whole cheapness thing only works if the person actually manages to build the PC. If they break a component because they don't know how to handle it, they've got a problem. If the computer doesn't work when they've built it and they don't have the knowhow to troubleshoot, they've got a problem.
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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
    This is all great if you have the know-how to sort all of that stuff out. For an average user, it would be much more convenient (and they're less likely to screw up) to be able to simply let the manufacturer deal with it. And of course the whole cheapness thing only works if the person actually manages to build the PC. If they break a component because they don't know how to handle it, they've got a problem. If the computer doesn't work when they've built it and they don't have the knowhow to troubleshoot, they've got a problem.
    I agree, but I expect on a totally different front
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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
    This is all great if you have the know-how to sort all of that stuff out. For an average user, it would be much more convenient (and they're less likely to screw up) to be able to simply let the manufacturer deal with it. And of course the whole cheapness thing only works if the person actually manages to build the PC. If they break a component because they don't know how to handle it, they've got a problem. If the computer doesn't work when they've built it and they don't have the knowhow to troubleshoot, they've got a problem.
    I was an "average user" when I built my first PC last year after a couple of weeks of basic research, asking folks on TSR about my proposed part list, and watching Newegg's tutorial series twice (and once more during the build itself). If somebody is completely technologically inept and still doesn't feel confident after reading around on the topic, then yeah, buy pre-built. However if they take a bit of extra time to familiarise themselves with the process and feel confident attempting it, research and plan and get feedback on their proposed build beforehand (both to ensure bang for buck and compatability), and take the build at a pace they're comfortable with, then I don't see any major reason to avoid giving it a go as once you get started building it's a moderately painless process.
 
 
 
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